Saltwater Fishing Safety Tips - Michael John Tario Personal Injury Law Blog on Lawyers.com
Saltwater fishing has its own set of challenges and rewards.
Understanding the nuances of saltwater fishing as well as some basic saltwater
fishing tips will help ensure that you have a successful and safe trip. Planning
a trip with experienced fishermen or hiring a fishing guide who will walk you
through each step of the process is a great place to start. You are more likely
to avoid fishing accidents if you understand what to do when a fish bites and
how to clean it. Also, familiarize yourself with the equipment and know how to
set up your bait, line and reel correctly.
If you or a loved one has experienced an accident while
saltwater fishing, call a personal injury lawyer right away.
ater Fishing Safety Tips
?? Always wear a life jacket and make
passenger wears one too. The coast guard requires that there is a life jacket
for every person on board.
?? Only fish in permitted areas. If an
area is "off
limits" assume it is for your safety or to protect vegetation or wildlife.
?? Always purchase the appropriate
and follow the rules on number of fish.
?? Choose your site and time of day
looking at sun, moon, wind, tide, and weather reports.
?? Pack safety items such as water,
maps, and a cell phone or radio.
?? Always wear close toed shoes with
?? Come prepared for an array of
conditions. Dress in layers with cool clothes first, covered with warmer layers
and then a water and wind protection outer layer.
?? Wear bug repellant and sunscreen.
Bring a sun
hat and sunglasses and keep your shoulders covered. Sunlight reflected off the
water can intensify the chance of a sunburn.
?? The tools used to catch and prepare
sharp and should be handled carefully.
o Be cautious when
baiting or removing hooks
o Keep fishing knives
sharp and covered in a case
when not in use.
o Have someone teach
you how to clean a fish
?? Pack a first-aid kit.
?? Invest in a GPS tracking device.
can help others find you even in the fog and keep you connected to people in
the boats around you.
?? Become familiar with the waterways
in the areas
you plan to fish. Studying navigation charts can help to give you an idea of
the best place to catch fish as well as areas to avoid for safety reasons.
?? Watch out for seaweed and kelp
floating on the
top of the water. Try to avoid driving your boat through it if possible but if your
trolling motor or fishing poles gets tangled up in it the best thing to do is stop
and pull out the strings until you are free.
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